First Review: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887

Posted by: David Chalmers   |   18 March 2010   |   19 Comments  

The much talked-about TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 will finally be unveiled at Basel tomorrow. The new model is a successful evolution of the exiting Carrera CV2017, and of course is fitted with TAG Heuer’s new movement.

Of course, there is a separate and very interesting story to the Calibre 1887 itself, but for now let’s focus on the watch itself. At launch there are two models available- white (CAR2111) and black (CAR2110) dial, both available with either a leather strap or a bracelet.

The first thing that you notice about  the watch is how clean and simple the dial looks- this is a very classical watch without any gimmicks.

The dial has a satin finish which gives the watch a softer look than the previous model Carrera and there is a thinner bezel, which makes the dial seem larger, although at 41mm it’s the same size as the other Carrera’s.

One of my favourite aspects of the dial is the use of the “Rifle Scope” on the 9 o’clock sub-dial- the same pattern that TAG Heuer used for the re-edition CS2110 Monaco, which itself took the design from the Calibre 15 Heuer range of the 1970s.

I’m not sure if this back version is a pre-production model or the finished watch- the publicity photos for the Carrera Calibre 1887 all show a circular pattern on the 6 o’clock sub-dial, which this watch is missing.

The crystal is double AR coated, but I didn’t notice that blue hue that you often get with Anti Reflective coating.

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